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yackety-yak

[yak-i-tee-yak] /ˈyæk ɪ tiˈyæk/
verb (used without object), yackety-yakked, yackety-yakking, noun
1.
yak2 .
Also, yackety-yack, yakety-yak, yakity-yak.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; apparently imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for yackety-yack

yackety-yak

/ˌjækɪtɪˈjæk/
noun
1.
(slang) noisy, continuous, and trivial talk or conversation Sometimes shortened to yak
Word Origin
of imitative origin
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Slang definitions & phrases for yackety-yack

yak

noun
  1. Talk, esp idle or empty chatter; mere babbling: All they can talk about, yack-yack-yack, is their own specialty/ I don't care how owlish you look, how convincing you sound, this is just yak yak yak until you do it/ in the midst of all the political yuk-yuk that dins around us/ if the State Department would stop its incessant yakitty-yak (1958+)
  2. A laugh; a guffaw: ''Take off your clothes.'' Pause for audience yuks/ It makes me furious when I have a corny line and it gets a yock (1938+)
verb
  1. (also yack it up or yak it up or yock it up or yuk it up): Everybody is yakking out an opinion on whether he should now reconsider his candidacy/ sparing the rod and yak-yakking and explaining all the time/ The students were seated on the floor, still yocking away/ I'll be 75 and hanging around bars yocking it up (1950+)
  2. (also yack it up or yak it up or yock it up or yuk it up): Ken Gaul is yukking, tugging at his pointy satyr's beard/ There'd be Don, yockin' it up like crazy. He's so hysterical with laughter/ former senator George McGovern, yukking it up with Paul Volcker (1938+)

[echoic, perhaps of Yiddish origin]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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